With spring seemingly upon us we look at three videos celebrating the season
You may have noticed the obvious attempt at a cover up here! We are clearly a couple of days late with our latest Friday Matinee but it's certainly worth reading on...
I apologise straight away for cursing the rest of the spring and summer with the bold statement in the title and chances are this time next week we’ll be trudging through snow in sub zero temperatures. However I’ve put the summer tyres on my mountain bike, have had my first bare chested morning run over the tops and, in a very British way, have already got the rosy glow of sunburn on my decidedly non-hirsute scalp. So, with that in mind, the theme for this weeks clips is a celebration of spring.
The first (above) is of the bearded wonder Ed Oxley (www.great-rock.co.uk) riding his picturesque home trails around Hebden Bridge.
The second is from last weekend’s Don Morrison Memorial Edale Skyline fell race. The 21 mile/4500ft route is always a cracker but on a wonderful spring day it was simply stunning. I’d nagged a friend in our village to race and part of the deal was that I joined her for the second half. It was one of the most pleasant 10 miles of running I’ve ever done and even the normal bog slog past Brown Knoll was an absolute joy.
The final video takes a more literal definition of spring and celebrates the Zebedee-esque shock absorber legs of elite mountain runner Kilian Jornet. Shot in ultra slow motion at 1000 frames per second it’s a staggering display of skill and bravery. I do apologise for the slightly dodgy lycra though.
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